Domestic Connections

Ruth Burgess notecard from Mrs John Gardner [Isabella Stewart Gardner]

Isabella Stewart Gardner was among Ruth's acquaintances. The women were both art collectors and members of high society

Ruth Burgess notecard from Varina Jefferson-Davis

The wife of the Confederate President of the United States was a long time friend of Ruth Burgess.


Ruth’s social and professional network included Varina Jefferson Davis, widow of the President of the Confederate States, Isabella Stewart Gardner (Boston socialite and art collector), Mary Cassatt (American impressionist), and Emma Auchincloss (Standard Oil heiress) of Newport, Rhode Island.